Aim and purpose

The aim of this study was to explore the trauma counsellor’s lived experience of working survivors of sex trafficking and to assess the psychological impact on trauma counsellors who work with this client group. It was hoped that the gathering of such information would enable trauma counsellors to monitor their own responses when working with survivors of sex trafficking, that can help towards their own well-being and self-care and acknowledge the importance of supervision.

Design and methodology

Three trauma counsellors were recruited who had experience of working with sex trafficked clients. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews conducted using the online video platform Zoom. Data was analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis.

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